Thursday 28 October 2021

Moves to reopen the Beverley to York railway line have moved a step forward after the Government backed calls to support a detailed study of the scheme’s viability. The Department of Transport has agreed to fund 75 per cent of the cost of the study, up to a maximum of £50,000. Making a business case for reopening the line is the first step towards developing more detailed proposals, which may lead to the Government and the private sector providing financial support for the project. The bid to win support was sponsored by local MP Graham Stuart, who told Beverley FM: “This is fantastic news for the local area, and although this is only the first step it demonstrates there is recognition of the benefits this project could bring.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has launched a Government-funded discretionary grant scheme to support those who need it most with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other essentials this winter. The scheme will run until March 31, 2022, or until funding has been fully spent.

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And finally, Amelia and Arthur were the most popular names for babies born in the East Riding in the past year, new data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed. Nationally, Oliver and Olivia topped the list of favourite names for baby boys and girls.